Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
FYP London College Academics
The courses on the FYP London College program are taught by the accompanying St. Lawrence University faculty member, Dr. Cynthia Bansak, and faculty from British universities. The courses are designed and offered exclusively for St. Lawrence University Program participants.
FYP: The Hogwarts School of Finance: British Children's Literature and links to Economic Concepts
For many our first endeavor into the world of business is the lemonade stand and the first key decision is what to charge for a glass of lemonade. A nickel, a dime, or a dollar? The price will make or break the business. Welcome to your first lesson in business. Or is it? Our business education starts at a much earlier age. Children's literature is ripe with economic metaphors and references to business. Paddington the Bear teaches children adventures at various markets in London, while Charlie and the Chocolate Factory allows us to explore the dreams of a boy named Charlie Bucket whose family barely has enough money to survive. In these and other ways, stories exert a profound influence on humans, by engaging our imaginations and teaching us economic concepts while entertaining us. While learning about the power of story-telling, students will become better versed in some basic economic principles and explore the many ways these ideas are communicated to children at a very young age.
Students in the London FYP will connect regularly with an on-campus FYP course on "Children's Literature and its Life-Long Lessons." Joint class meetings held virtually will allow students to compare perspectives and interact with their colleagues in the Class of 2017.
Elective Courses: (Students select 3):
You can find course syllabi here.
- Theater in London: Introduction
- Issues in British Government and Politics
- Art and Architecture in London
- Britain in the 20th Century
- London Financial Markets
- London's Urban Geographies